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Le Parole di Paolo: West Brom 3 Sunderland 0: ‘I will never give up’

John McCormick writes: I wondered when we’d get a message from our chief coach as, at ten past five, when I was putting the finishing touches to Pete’s “seven”, the TV showed PDC standing on the pitch at the Hawthorns talking to the fans. What did he say? I don’t know. But here’s what he […]

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Le Parole di Paolo – Sunderland 1 Arsenal 3: Paolo stays positive!

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Malcolm Dawson writes….there was a mixture of heart led optimism and head led resignation at our pre match Salut contributors’ congress. The realistic view was that Paolo’s work in progress needed more time to generate positive results against teams like Arsenal but hey we’re Sunderland so we have to hope for the unlikely. In the […]

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Le Parole di Paolo – Palace 3 Sunderland 1: PDC puts on a brave face

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Malcolm Dawson writes….Is PDC’s hard line approach to discipline making life tough for himself? Few of us have been overawed by Stephane Sessegnon’s performances this season, but most of us would have preferred him hungover to the ineffective Ji. The manager was also evasive when asked about Gardner’s absence and despite signing 11 players over […]

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Le Parole di Paolo: SAFC 4 MK Dons 2 – papering over the cracks?

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Malcolm Dawson writes; There I was stuck in Lytham St Annes, supposedly helping with the running of a Bridge holiday, with one headphone tuned into Radio Newcastle and the SAFC text commentary on the screen of my laptop. Every now and then I had to get up and do some work and as is usually the […]

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Le Parole di Paolo: punished late, hardly robbed, by Southampton

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Paolo Di Canio was honest enough after the Southampton game to admit in his post-match e-mail, exclusive to us and probably 35,000 others, that a win for Sunderland would have been fortunate. He did not explain why he finished a game with three strikers when we were desperately trying to defend a narrow lead … […]

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Le parole di Paolo: Fulham display lacked ferocity

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In his post match e-mail to M Salut, PDC refuses to follow the Bruce/O’Neill approach in picking out the positives from defeat. Instead he highlights the obvious, that this is a new team playing together for the first time but also calls for more fire from his team. (more…)

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Le Parole di Paolo: unhappy in victory

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Malcolm Dawson writes: we are used to hearing managers make excuses and tell us to take the positives from defeat so it comes as something of a surprise to hear the current incumbent tell us he is not happy with a win. It was, as Spurs fans will be quick to point out, only a […]

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Le Parole di Paolo: fantastic fans see Di Canio philosophy in City defeat

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Seen from afar on a small screen it is still obvious that PDC wants his team to work hard, close down the opposition and play positive football. We may only have had a couple of chances and, as Spurs fans were quick to remind us, it was only a pre-season game but there is surely […]

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Le Parole di Paolo: beating Tottenham barely a start, satisfaction within reach

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A new title and a new-look Sunderland team are the orders of the day as Paolo Di Canio‘s first full season of post-match verdicts, as delivered in his over-so-exclusive e-mail to Monsieur Salut (and maybe tens of thousands of others), approaches. Thrilled with the performance that brought 3-1 victory over Spurs, PDC points out that […]

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Paolo’s Pow-Wow from Tottenham: ‘fans outsang Spurs, team gave their all’

Jake: Were the press against him form the start?

Paolo Di Canio’s last post-match e-mail of the season, a season we are grateful to see over, rightly praises the effort his players put into a gusty performance that so nearly brought a point at Tottenham … (more…)

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Sunderland: a tragic tale of lost love, disconnect and rebuilding from scratch

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Monsieur Salut is left at a loose end, feeling a little redundant with no need to post a Guess the […]

Sixer’s Soapbox: Preston comfortable as Sunderland freezes

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John McCormick writes: I won’t be going to the North East before June, so I won’t be seeing any home […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Preston benefit from this week’s press of the self-destruct button

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John McCormick writes: The darkness began to descend early in the second half at the Stadium of Light, and that […]

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Team: Preston North End and a trip back in time

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John McCormick writes: Tuesday morning, and I’m idly contemplating the weekend and Pete Sixsmith’s “first time” feature which will announce […]

PNE Who are You?: ‘stick with it Mackems; you’re a big club with loud, passionate fans’

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Monsieur Salut writes: thinking Kevin Kilbane had a bit of a raw deal from SAFC fans isn’t the same as […]

Sixer Says: thanks for memories of beating Arsenal en route to Wembley glory

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Just when we’re all down in the dumps, Pete Sixsmith rides along on his white steer to cheer us up […]